Bryan Sammons drafted by Minnesota Twins in 8th round

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's a dream come true for former Hoggard baseball standout Bryan Sammons.

The Minnesota Twins selected Sammons with the first pick of the eighth round, 226th overall.

"It's awesome, it's something I have wanted to do since I was 4 years old," said Sammons.

Sammons was a four-year starter at Western Carolina and had a standout senior season. He went 8-3 with a 3.02 ERA with 108 strikeouts over 104.1 innings.

Leading up to the draft, many teams had talked to Sammons about taking him in the top-10 rounds. But it was the Minnesota Twins who pulled the trigger in the eighth.

"They (Twins) really liked me as a player, and they wanted to make sure I was signing able," Sammons said.

Sammons isn't sure how much he will pitch coming off a heavy work load this spring.

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